Four incumbent governors and five serving ministers are hatching fresh plot to remove the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, The Nation reports.
Leading the charge against Magu was said to be an unnamed former security chief. The report also put under wraps the identities of the governors.
However, according to it, the plan if it came through would see the anti-graft czar receiving the Nuhu Ribadu treatment by being sent on a forced course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) on or before the conclusion of the coming elections.
The plotters are said to be afraid of facing trial after their tenure on the strength of petitions against them.
“The latest move was provoked by the ongoing high-profile investigations which the EFCC is handling. Those concerned felt they will no longer be in power as from May 29 and they do not want to take things for granted.
“Some of them claimed that with Magu’s dossiers on them, the President may not be able to spare them the agony of undergoing trial,” the paper quoted a source familiar with the scheme as saying.
But their plan is being met with opposition, the paper added, reporting that those who are pro-Magu in government have launched counter-moves to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari not to buy into the plan, claiming it was sinister as Magu’s sack might affect Nigeria’s status as the chair of the Commonwealth Conference of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa.